A Convenient, Luxurious Bed & Breakfast in the Heart of Downtown Williamsburg

A Guide to Williamsburg Restaurants

WOW! Where do I begin. For those of us that love to eat out there is no end the to culinary delights (and just good old meat and potatoes meals) here in historic Williamsburg. Most of my favorites are only a few blocks away from the Fife & Drum Inn – a Williamsburg Bed and Breakfast.

Retro’s……good eats!

I would be remiss if I did not mention the best first (of course I should also mention the fact that Sharon and I own the business). Our specialties are Frozen custard, Limeades, and fresh cut French fries. We also have the best hot dog in town. Our business is based on quality food, fast courteous service, all at an affordable price. It really is a cool place, even if I do say so myself. The walls of Retro’s tell a story of a time long before Williamsburg’s recent growth. On the walls is a wealth of one-of-a-kind photos portraying downtown Williamsburg in the 1950′s. There’s even an original two-player Ms. Pac man machine that been known to entertain customers of all ages long after the food’s finished.

Open 11am to 8pm, just a couple of doors down from our historic Williamsburg Bed and Breakfast.

A Chef’s Kitchen

Across Boundary Street to the west is Chef John Gonzales “A Chef’s Kitchen” . I am pleased to say that John is an old friend. He and I grew up in Williamsburg at about the same time. When Sharon and I built our Williamsburg bed and breakfast, John was most helpful in putting our breakfast menu together. He and his wife Wanda have done a great job of maintaining a fine restaurant together but they also know how to entertain. Each night guests are treated to champagne and hors d’oeuvres, a meal of five courses, three glasses of wine/beverage and recipes. The seats are arraigned so that as John and his nephew Sam prepare the meal everyone gets to ask questions and participate. The classes begin at 6:30 and last 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Not only is the food really good, but it is a fun experience….ala Emeril. At a fixed price of $69.50, it is a very good value.

Green Leafe Cafe

The “Leafe” as it has come to be known by locals is by far my favorite Williamsburg restaruant. Just 3 blocks to the west of our Williamsburg Bed and Breakfast, it is an easy walk. For those into beer, they boast over 150 different types in the bottle and 30+ on tap. Every night they have pretty good specials, from appetizers to entrees. For a bar, the food for the most part is exceptional. It can get noisy, especially as the evening rolls on. As the restaurant is right across from the College of William and Mary Campus, it attracts a fair number of students. I either sit at the bar or at the tables directly across from the bar. Food and drinks are very reasonably priced. Best new menu item is a steak with b?arnaise sauce. The crab cakes have always been some of the best in Williamsburg. Open for lunch and close about 2am.

Bavarian Garden

A German Restaurant offering great food and of course German Beer on tap. Formerly known as “Alize Bistro”, with the same dedicated owner providing our community the taste of Germany right here at home!

Billy